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Secondary School Apprenticeship


Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) is the work-based training component of an Industry Training Program. Students can start the SSA program in grade 10.

Get a head start on the work-based training for an apprenticeship program while you’re still in high school. As an SSA student, you’ll “earn while you learn” and graduate from the SSA program with 16 high-school graduation credits and 480 work-based training hours that count towards your trade credential.

You may be eligible for a $1000SSA cash scholarship if you:

  • Are registered with ITA as a youth apprentice.
  • Have a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood Diploma.
  • Have successfully completed SSA 11A, 11B, 12A and 12B.
  • Maintained a C+ average or better in your Grade 12 courses.
  • Reported 900+ hours to ITA within six months of graduating.

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If you are a secondary school student working in a trade area, (there are 110 recognized trades) you may already be eligible to become a secondary school apprentice or you may be interested in getting started.

Secondary School Apprenticeship involves part-time work within a trade – something you may already be doing on weekends and school holidays. The SSA program provides a smooth transition from school to work, and a quicker route to certification in a trade – and to the earning power that goes with it. You can begin your apprenticeship as early as Grade 10.

  • By registering as a secondary school apprentice in school, you will be able to receive ‘Dual Credit’ for the work you are already doing and get a head start on earning your trade certification; you also may be eligible for a $1000 cash Scholarship. “Dual Credit” means simultaneously receiving both secondary school credits (up to four courses; 16 elective credits) required for graduation and credit toward completion of an apprenticeship. As an added bonus, secondary school apprentices may qualify for a $1000 cash scholarship.
  • By participating in the program, you will be ahead of your peers in a career in the trades, possibly graduate early and become $1000 richer (If you grad with C+ average or higher).
  • You could also pursue Level 1 Trades Training (with Free Tuition) at Riverside College.
  • In the labor market, there is a skilled trades shortage. Employers need young people with the right skills, right now! There’s never been a better time to explore a career in the skilled trades and technology sectors. There are over 110 trades recognized in BC.

If you are a secondary school student, or an employer willing to hire a student and want to find out more about the Secondary School Apprenticeship Program,

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and contact Mr. Miller, Work Experience/Secondary School Apprentice Program Coordinator at Mission Secondary & Riverside College, Mission Public Schools (604-826-7191 Local 1132) or email